CPRC at National Review: “Obama’s Outrageous Expansion of Gun-Buyer Background Checks”

3 Jan , 2017  

Dr. Lott’s latest piece at National Review discusses Obama’s finalized new rules that will ban Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they are deemed “financially incompetent.”

Have you ever thought of letting someone else manage your finances? Under finalized new rules released just before Christmas by President Obama, Social Security recipients will be banned from buying a gun if they are deemed “financially incompetent.” Some 4.2 million Social Security recipients — about 10 percent of all people 65 and older — could lose the right to own a gun as a result.

Just because someone can’t manage his finances doesn’t mean that he’s a danger to others. What is next? Keeping guns away from people who can’t drive or do math? What about other rights? Should “financially incompetent” people be forbidden from voting or making other decisions? President Obama and most other Democrats would be understandably upset if any voters were required to pass a literacy or intelligence test at the polls, but they have no problem denying millions of seniors their ability to defend themselves.

Make no mistake, either: That is what they are doing. Having a gun is by far the most effective way of protecting yourself from criminals. And because of disparities in physical strength, women and the elderly stand to benefit the most from owning a gun. Only with a gun can an elderly woman realistically defend herself against a young man.

This is personal for me. My elderly mother, who is computer illiterate and doesn’t know how to pay her bills online, has given my sister power of attorney to handle her finances. But my mother’s lack of computer know-how shouldn’t stop her from being able to defend herself.

Every day, there are news stories of elderly people defending themselves with guns. The same week Obama released the new regulations, a 79-year-old widower fatally shot a man who had broken into his home and was stabbing his 18-year-old granddaughter, and an 81-year-old woman fatally shot a man who had broken into her home and attacked her husband with a knife.

Though Americans 65 and over make up over 14 percent of the U.S. population, they seldom go out and kill people: They account for only 3 percent of murders where the age of the murderer is known. But Obama thinks we need to keep an eye on the elderly, including veterans. The federal background-check system now keeps a record of those who require help with administering their VA benefits. . . . .

The rest of the piece is available here.

We just noticed this story right after the National Review ran.

According to KSLA, 74-year-old Rebbie Roberson sat down to watch some TV on Sunday night, January 1st when someone wearing gloves and a mask broke into her home.

“When I started to get up, he was in here, on me, with a gun facing me — right to my face,” Roberson said.

According to KSLA, 74-year-old Rebbie Roberson sat down to watch some TV on Sunday night, January 1st when someone wearing gloves and a mask broke into her home.

“When I started to get up, he was in here, on me, with a gun facing me — right to my face,” Roberson said. . . .


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